SD Electricity

Social partners

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • electric power generation, distribution, trade & transmission.

The electricity sector employs over 1.1 million people in the EU in over 56,000 businesses.

Challenges in the sector include:

  • competition from other energy sources (e.g. gas, oil) and ‘behind-the-meter’ solutions (e.g. photovoltaics)
  • security of the energy supply
  • adapting to climate change
  • demographic change
  • restructuring the industry.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • follow-up to the Energy Roadmap 2050 on Employment
  • managing the 'just energy transition'
  • skills and qualifications
  • youth employment
  • corporate social responsibility
  • equal opportunities and diversity (e.g. work-life balance)
  • health and safety.

(copied from EC - Sectoral social dialogue)
(image: Offshore wind farm Sandbank - second major wind power project in German North Sea by Vattenfall)